Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington DC is unique among American cities because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the nation’s capital. George Washington, the first president and namesake of the city, chose the site and worked with architect Pierre L’Enfant to create the ten-mile district and fashion its broad, great avenues. Easily navigable by foot, Metro, bus, and bike, the city plays host to scores of museum, attractions, cultural institutions, universities, and memorials. The city also offers a rich residential heritage – historic neighborhoods of Victorian and Federal houses include the U Street Corridor, once the largest African American neighborhood in the country and home to Duke Ellington and “Black Broadway”; Georgetown, a cobblestone canal settlement whose residents now include senators and past presidents; and the Atlas District, an ever-changing resurgent arts and culture district and restaurant hub. After more than 200 years as the nation’s capital, Washington is brimming with unique history as its own, being the setting for countless historical events and its impressively international blend. The city has become a living museum, perfect to serve as the backdrop for this year’s International Conference on Information Fusion.